Archive for the ‘Blog’ Category

What happens if I don’t file my taxes on time?

19/10/17 3:51 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

With the passing of another tax deadline, I thought it would be helpful to go over the consequences of not filing your tax return on time. If you have not filed your 2016 tax return, file it as soon as possible to minimize the penalties that you may owe. There are three types of payments that could be assessed if you do not pay the tax ow...

The Tax Benefits of Having a Baby

05/01/17 11:55 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

Having a baby is such a wonderful blessing, but along with the tremendous amount of joy comes a large amount of new expenses. The federal government offers a number of tax breaks to help parents save money on their tax bill.

The Dependent Exemption

For 2016, you can claim a $4,050 exemption by adding your child as a dependent. This will reduce...

New Tax Deadlines for the 2016 Filing Season

01/12/16 4:54 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

With the year coming to an end, it is important to start getting your books in order to have them ready to close, and get a head start on filing your tax return. It is important to know that for the upcoming year, many due dates have changed for 2016 returns, and will be changed going forward. Here are a few of those dates that have changed f...

Important Dates for 2015 Tax Returns

11/02/16 11:58 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

With all of the talk of tax deadlines switching for 2016 tax returns it’s important to go over some of the deadlines for this current tax season. The deadlines for this year are the same as they have been in the past. Here are a few of those dates, but additional guidance can be found on the IRS website.

  • Monday, February 29. Deadline for bus...

Waiting on Tax Forms

21/01/16 6:15 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

On Tuesday, tax season officially began, and the IRS started accepting electronic returns, and processing paper returns. However, many of you may be waiting for your tax documents. The IRS urges taxpayers to wait until they have received all tax documents before filing. Here is a list of some common IRS forms you may be waiting for to file your ...

Tax season is almost here!

07/01/16 11:53 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

It is never too early to start thinking about the upcoming tax season. The closer to the filing deadline it gets, the more pressure you will feel when getting your documents together and the possibility that something could be missed may increase. The other side of that is your tax preparer will get busier and busier as the tax deadline nears, w...

Want to start a family? It helps to be financially prepared!

20/08/15 11:37 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

When preparing to start a family, it is important to look at your finances, and assess your current financial situation. You are not always in a situation where you can do this, but if you can plan this ahead of time it could help ease some worry to know you are financially prepared. There is no exact amount you need to have saved when preparing...

The Give Hope Foundation

21/05/15 10:20 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  There are so many wonderful non-profit organizations in the Northern Nevada area, one of which is The Give Hope Foundation. I was recently asked to be a board member for this organization, and could not pass up the opportunity to be a part of an organization with such an important cause. Give Hope provides financial assistance to Northern N...

Incorrect 1095-A Forms and Enrollment Extension

26/02/15 2:55 pm | Comments (1) | Posted By:

  It was announced on Friday, February 20, 2015 that approximately 800,000 people received incorrect 1095-A forms. The 1095-A forms are used to report the premiums and tax credits for taxpayers who signed up for discounted health insurance coverage through the HealthCare.Gov Marketplace. This error affects up to 20% of the statements sent by ...

Credit or Cash?

06/11/14 10:41 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  Companies having their data hacked seems to be a common occurrence these days. This is causing credit card companies to issue new cards every few months, or at least it feels like it happens this often. This has me thinking that maybe using cash more frequently may be a good idea. There are times when using a credit card can be beneficial; ...

Cutting costs for back to school shopping

07/08/14 10:01 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  It’s time for your kids to go back to school, and with that comes a lot of added expenses. With all of the back to school sales it is easy to get overwhelmed, and end up spending much more than planned. Here are a few tips to stay in budget when going back to school shopping this year:

  • Create a plan before you go shopping. Have a list o...

The importance of a budget

05/06/14 9:56 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  Saving money and getting your finances on track is not always an easy thing to accomplish. One of the most helpful things to do to accomplish these goals is to create a budget. There are many different reasons why someone would want to create a budget including retiring early, paying off debt, stop living paycheck to paycheck, etc. Once you...

2014 – Tips vs. Service Charges – The Rules Have Changed

30/01/14 9:47 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

Large party automatic gratuities may be a thing of the past. These were originally implemented to ensure servers were being adequately compensated. However, as of January 1st, the IRS now considers these automatically calculated tips as service fees, and will treat them as regular wages, subject to payroll withholding tax. Think back to your ...

Tips for SAFE online holiday shopping

05/12/13 9:39 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  The holiday season is here, and for many people that means it is time for Christmas shopping. Many people take advantage of the sales on "Black Friday" to kick off their holiday shopping. This year was no different with large crowds trying to find the best sales. People could even start earlier this year, as many of the stores opened on Tha...

What the Federal Government Shutdown Means for the Upcoming Tax Deadline

10/10/13 12:21 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  The government shutdown has affected many federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service. It is estimated that only about 10% of the IRS employees are currently working. This has caused some questions among taxpayers about whether or not their tax returns need to be filed by October 15th. The government shutdown and the decrease o...

Haven’t done your taxes yet? Don’t forget the October 15th deadline!

12/09/13 3:37 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  The October 15th tax extension deadline is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to finish up that tax return you have been avoiding all summer. There are many benefits to filing an extension if your tax return is not quite ready in April, but there are no additional extensions available for the upcoming October 15th deadline. When you...

2013 Triple-A All-Star Week

11/07/13 7:00 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  In a few days, Reno will host the 2013 Triple-A All-Star Week at the Reno Aces stadium. This is an opportunity you won’t want to miss.  Triple-A teams from across the country bid to host this event, and the Reno Aces Baseball Club was the one chosen. Hundreds of former Triple-A All-Stars have gone on to the Major League, and many have even ...

Dining Out For Life – TODAY, April 25, 2013

25/04/13 8:25 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

While reading the newspaper this morning, I came across a fundraising event that allows you to make a big difference and will fit right into your busy schedule. This event is called “Dining Out For Life” and it’s happening TODAY, April 25, 2013. All you have to do to help is go have a great meal at one of the many participating restaurants! R...

Allocate Your Tax Refund

28/02/13 10:59 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

Are you planning on saving a portion of your tax refund this year? You should know about an option the IRS offers to make it easier for you to save. This can be done by including IRS Form 8888, Allocation of Refund, when you file your tax return. Using this form, you can split your refund between three options; direct deposit into a bank account...

Maximizing your tax benefits on charitable contributions

04/10/12 8:22 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  With the year-end quickly approaching, it’s a good time to start planning your charitable donations. Donating not only allows you the opportunity to help others in need, it can also provide you with tax benefits. The following are guidelines to help you maximize your tax benefits:

  1. Charitable contributions are only deductible if you i...